The Executive President of Association of Campus Journalists OAU, Oyedeji Olanrewaju, officially beat the drum announcing the end of #ReopenOAU campaign which had lasted for over a week.
This development is not unconnected to the emergence of the newly recommended acting Vice chancellor of the University which conceivably will bring normalcy back to the ivory tower after 100days of logjam.
Below is the complementary ACJ president's Thank you message;
"As resumption date will be announced anytime from now, it is important to write this thank you message especially as #ReopenOAU Campaign ends today.
We are not winners when we refuse to try the impossible and make it possible, not as a person but as a united body, this may not be the best way to introduce a thank you message but it to some extent summarizes how we have won a struggle via the Social media as OAU Students, an occurrence that has not taken place in recent years especially as Students and in Nigeria.
We have together and collectively achieved a feat we never deemed possible without protesting on the streets and we did that with intellectualism and coordination. Today, we can look back and say it was worth it after all,the prayers, the tweets, the criticisms didn't go in vain.
Definitely, we have had low points during the Campaign, we have had cause to disagree but at the end of it all we have achieved our common goal. The situation we found ourselves was a very tricky one, if not the trickiest in recent times but the power of determination made it one that we can be proud to have raised our voice as a token to the #ReopenOAU agitations.
We have succeeded in breaking another history of recent times without protests, the agitations received attention from His Imperial Majesty Ooni of Ife,The Presidency, Ministry of Education, Nigerian Senate(Through the Senate President himself),Ministers of Health,Justice(just to mention a Few), House of Representatives members, NUC, Activists, Stakeholders in the Education Sector, Staff Unions, Students from other Federal Universities and got attention even outside the country.
The agitations for #ReopenOAU was reported by well over thirty media houses, some which include: Punch Newspaper, The Nation Newspaper, DailyTimes Newspaper, Nigerian Television Authority,Channels Television, Splash FM, Adaba FM,Radio Nigeria,Orisun FM,Newspic in Ghana, Premium Times Nigeria and so many other top media houses in Nigeria. Media outlets on Campus also reported this issue from time to time.
We have achieved all this through a social media struggle, even as Students, it is worthy of note that we didn't attack any personality during the course of the struggle, which is another feat in Students' Struggle.
Great Ife Students deserve an applaud for their polite agitations.
We have also set a trend for all other schools to follow, we have made it visible to all that we can achieve bigger aims as Students in struggle even when we do not go on the streets, our voice and collectivity is what we need.
Words will not be enough to appreciate all Great Ife Students, Students across all other Nigerian Universities and even beyond Nigeria for the unity of purpose.
Through the #ReopenOAU Open letter, we have succeeded in getting attention of all quarters to the welfare conditions on campus and the unstable calendar disease, as was highlighted even in our Open Letter.
If we believe we can achieve, we believed from Day one till the last and never did a day pass through without people Tweeting and Trending the #ReopenOAU.We had numerous display pictures that we lost count at some point, we also had a Jingle by Charlie Toxin, all this pushed the Campaign further.
A big thank you goes to all other stakeholders that played roles in ensuring that the University is reopened, God will definitely reward us all. We appreciate His Imperial Majesty Ooni of Ife Oba Enitan Adeyeye, President Buhari, The Nigerian Senate President and Nigerian Senate, Ministry of Education, Senator Babajide Omoworare, Minister of Health,Mrs Remi Sonaiya,Senate Committee on Education, Members of House of Representatives,Alumni of OAU and other key Stakeholders that helped actualize the #ReopenOAU Agitations.
We also appreciate all National and International media houses that supported the cry of OAU Students.
Special thanks to Press Club University of Lagos, Union of Campus Journalists University of Ibadan, Union of Campus Journalists Utman Danfodiyo University Sokoto,Union of Campus Journalists University of Ilorin,Pressmen from Mapoly,FUNAAB and other institutions we may not have mentioned.
A Great Thank you goes to National Association of Nigerian campus Editors' may God bless our pen.
If words would be right, then we have to type beyond quantification, but the words in our heart appreciates us all bigger than we have expressed.
Accept this little thank You message. God bless Great Ife,God bless us all.
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